Frieze Los Angeles made its much buzzed about debut yesterday, fully living up to the spirited anticipation surrounding the international fair. Thousands of art-seeking Angelenos, celebrities, New York transplants and far flung jet-setters flocked to the Paramount Pictures studio lot to experience what many feel has been long overdue for the art-driven city. These days considered a cultural hotbed, L.A. boasts galleries like Regen Projects, Hauser & Wirth, Hannah Hoffman, The Box, Night Gallery and The Pit – all of which are exhibiting this weekend, alongside a total of 21 local and 49 international dealers.
For opening day, it was a fair floor filled with the likes of Raf Simons, Brad Pitt, Maria Sharapova, Leonardo Di Caprio, James Franco…there was even a rumor Beyonce was on her way. For those who frequent the fair’s New York or London counterparts, you can expect Frieze LA to offer you a more pleasant experience logistically, with a curated selection equally stimulating.
Here are the 12 works that stood out to us most.
“Midnight Sun (distant pool with views)”
© Doug Aitken, courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York
“Blue Laments Arno”
© 2019 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy Sprüth Magers
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
“High and Dry”
Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.
“Force of Habit”
“Studio Performance with R.S.V.P.”
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
“True Life Adventures”
David Zwirner Gallery
Kapwani Kiwanga, ‘Pink-Blue,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Frieze
It’s the first week of May which, of course, means The Met Gala. But it also means the New York edition of the annual Frieze art fair. Opening tomorrow, the high-profile art schmooze will bring together work from over 1,000 established and emerging talents, on view through May 6.
And because we at BlackBook are always here to tell you what to do, we’ve put together a list of the 10 must-see artists at Frieze New York 2018.
Imran Qureshi at Nature Morte
‘This Leprous Brightness,’ 2011, photo courtesy of Nature Morte
Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi employs various mediums, including painting, installation art and video, to explore the political climate of the Middle East. Juxtaposing violent splatters with precise strokes, he invokes a sort of controlled chaos that reflects his feelings towards his country’s current state.
Isa Genzken at Hauser & Wirth
‘Untitled,’ 2012, photo courtesy of Hauser & Wirth
Sculptor and installation artist Isa Genzken has worked for over 40 years. Using a variety of materials, including wood, concrete and textiles, the Berlin-based artist explores consumerism and the relationships between high and low brow.
Ana Mazzei at Galeria Jaqueline Martins
‘Garden,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Galeria Jaqueline Martins
Brazilian artist Ana Mazzei creates minimalist sculpture installations that explore perception and the limits of reality. Often working with painted linen, the 38-year-old builds subtle yet powerful scenescapes inspired by philosophers Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal.
Jordan Nassar at Anat Ebgi
‘The sun like you is covered with flowers,’ 2017, photo courtesy of the artist
New York artist Jordan Nassar creates hand-embroidered pieces inspired by traditional Palestinian works. Using bold colors and a highly skilled technical practice, he explores the intersections of identity, technology, language and craft.
Jordan Wolfson at David Zwirner
Still from ‘Riverboat Song,’ 2017-18, photo courtesy of David Zwirner
Multimedia artist Jordan Wolfson uses photography, film, installation and sculpture to create cutting social commentary on violence and entertainment. With his own animated characters, the New York City-born Wolfson creates subversive narrative pieces that join appropriated images and found objects with his original work.
Farhad Moshiri at The Third Line
‘Top of the World,’ 2011, photo courtesy of The Third Line
Artist Farhad Moshiri uses Pop Art paintings to explore the relationship between his Iranian heritage and the customs he adopted growing up in a Western culture. Using vivid colors and unorthodox materials (like the plastic pearls in the work above), he juxtaposes traditional techniques with images of popular culture.
Artur Lescher at Nara Roesler
‘Inabsência,’ 2012, photo courtesy of Nara Roesler
Sculptor Artur Lescher creates large-scale pieces that are both artfully designed and architecturally sound. Through a wide range of materials, the Brazilian artist crafts modern masterpieces that challenge perception and form.
Judith Bernstein at Paul Kasmin
‘Money Shot – Green,’ 2016, photo courtesy of Paul Kasmin
Artist Judith Bernstein has had an extensive career drawing dicks. Mixing pop art with phalluses, the New York-based painter creates colorful canvases that are both overtly political and unapologetically feminist.
Rosemary Laing at Galerie Lelong
‘Rose of Australia,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co., New York
Australian photographer Rosemary Laing creates conceptual and surrealist images that capture her subjects without digital enhancement. Photographing staged scenes, the photographer often explores the political, social and cultural trends in her native Australia.
Kapwani Kiwanga curated by Adrienne Edwards for the Frieze Artist Award
‘The Sun Never Sets,’ 2017, courtesy of Frieze
The winner of this year’s Frieze Artist Award, Kapwani Kiwanga is a Canadian installation artist whose work often examines colonialism and its impact on contemporary identity. At this year’s fair, she will debut an open-air installation that “explores freedom of movement and architectures of exclusion,” titled ‘Shady.’
So, if you don’t already have your tickets, you can buy them here.
Flocks of art-curious New Yorkers are heading to Randall’s Island Park this weekend for 6th iteration of the influential Frieze Art Fair. This global celebration of contemporary art (which opened Thursday and runs through May 7th) flaunts more than 200 galleries from over 30 countries.
This year boasts a canvas of neon, intriguing text-based works, mixed materials, contemporary masters like Anish Kapoor, 20th Century masters including Barbara Chase-Riboud and emerging artists like Charlie Ahearn. Here’s what most caught our fancy.
Isabel van den Eynde’s “Focus.” Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.
Charlie Ahearn’s “Dota Rock (Bam Grey). Courtesy of artist and P.P.O.W
Eva LeWitt’s “Parted Plastic.” Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze
Gavin Brown’s “Enterprise.” Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.
Eykyn Maclean. Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.
Pace Gallery. Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.
Giosetta Fioroni’s “Tribute to II Teatro Delle Mostre” (1968/2017). Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.
Anish Kapoor’s “Glisten Blue”
Barbara Chase – Riboud’s “Bathers.” Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York
Photo: Cynthia Rowley by Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com
We sent designer Cynthia Rowley into the madness of Frieze to do a little reconnaissance, and she came back with these gems. Here’s everything you need to see at Frieze, according to Cynthia Rowley.
If you want to get your hands dirty, stop by Gavin Brown’s DIY make-the-painting-yourself art booth, created by Jonathan Horowitz. It is totally genius.
If you need to recharge a bit, visit Korakrit Arunandchai’s massage chair at Frieze Project space.
Martin Creed’s ginormous wall paintings at Hauser and Wirth are positively exuberant. Please come paint the outside of my whole house, Martin!
Nan Goldin, French Chris at the drive-in, N.J., 1979. Cibachrome 30×40 inches. ©Nan Goldin, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
Let’s dissect the aesthetics at work, because for the fashion gal wondering what to wear to Frieze, there’s no dedication quite like matching the artwork. To get the Nan Goldin look, come right this way…
Nothing quite says freedom!!! like a convertible, a pair of Candies and a tube top. Grab a can of beer and pair those otherwise un-recommendables with cropped flared denim to keep it current. Et voila — it’s like you’re at the drive-in in Jersey, hanging out in the back of the car with the top down. May we recommend some double stick tape so you don’t also end up with your top down?
See Nan Goldin’s French Chris at the Drive-In, N.J. featuring the artists’s oft photographed friends French Chris and Cookie Mueller, and more of the artist’s work at the Matthew Marks Gallery booth B53 at the Frieze New York art fair on Randall’s Island from May 14-17.
Clockwise from top left: Dolce & Gabbanna embellished leather sandals; Marc Jacobs ribbed-knit bandeau top; Rick Owens tie dyed denim tunic; Day Birgeret Mikkelsen plisse bandeau top; Sophia Webster Ava polka dot metallic leather sandals; No.6 Store Nubuck sandals
From left: Rachel Comey legion wide-leg cropped jeans; J.Crew Rayner high-rise wide-leg jeans; Valentino high-rise wide-leg jeans
Light sensitive clothes may have been a thing in the ’90s, but what trend from then hasn’t been revived recently? Alexander Wang sent his girls stomping down the runway in color changing gear for fall (and you can fully expect to see chameleon-girls — me included– working the look in a few short months). Until then, another brand is hopping on the UV-sensitive bandwagon. Gap has collaborated with Visionaire as part of an outdoor pop up experience at the Frieze Art Fair in New York from May 9-18, pulling in artists like Alex Katz, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Phillips, and Mario Sorrenti to put their works to fabric.
500 only will be made of each tee, only available at Opening Ceremony, Gap flagship stores, Visionaire retailers, and the Gap White Space pop ups in New York and in Tokyo.
See the light(change) below.
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